Ozploitation: A love letter in images

Why use words, when images can do all the talking. A brief love letter to Ozploitation – the low-budget Australian exploitation films made after the country’s introduction of an R rating in 1971. James Curnow James Curnow is an obsessive cinephile and the owner and head editor of CURNBLOG. His work as a film journalist…

By James Curnow

Ozploitation: Twelve Australian exploitation classics

Some might argue that it is paradoxical – perhaps even hypocritical – to follow a post lamenting the generally poor quality of horror cinema with one celebrating the schlocky oeuvre of Australia’s exploitation cinema during the 70s and 80s. I would suggest that an observation of this kind may well be absolutely correct, but such…

By James Curnow

The First Australians: Ten great films about indigenous Australia

The twenty-sixth of January has passed for another year, although most of my readers will be unaware of the significance that the day holds for Australians. It is Australia Day, a celebration of our national character (perhaps akin to Thanksgiving in the United States) on the date that the First Fleet arrived in 1788. The…

By James Curnow

A Melburnian Aussie in an American Grocery Store!

You’ll have to excuse me for a moment while I make an incredibly tenuous connection between my 20km trek to Melbourne’s USA Foods grocery store and my relationship with cinema! No American will ever understand the complex relationship that a non-American cinephile has with American junk food. We all know about Twinky’s and In-N-Out burgers, but few of us have had…

By James Curnow

Wake in Fright: An Australian Nightmare

As an Australian, I can attest to the fact that we see ourselves as a largely amicable bunch, even if we do tend to engage in levels of alcohol consumption that would be considered abhorrent in most places on earth. This is probably the reason that when Wake in Fright originally hit cinemas back in…

By James Curnow